This modern house backs onto ancient woodland that is home to protected barbastelle bats and the owners wanted to create an attractive woodland edge garden to encourage wildlife, including insects that are the food source for the bats. They also wanted a more formal entertaining area with an Italianate feel.
The design included a simple wildlife pond created in the area of an existing dry ditch, together with log piles, bird tables and nesting boxes. Many native plant species were included together with simple late summer flowers and winter flowering shrubs to ensure a nectar source is available all year round.
A small box edged parterre of fragrant herbs and nectar rich flowers is set around a circular mosaic of clay cobbles with inset lighting.